Daily Work Of A Kitchen

When cleaning the kitchen let the fire be as low as possible, as it is difficult to clean a hot stove.

1. Cover the dresser with a dust-sheet.

2. Pile the chairs on the table, and shut the window and doors.

3. Sweep from the door,and walls to the hearth.

4. Brush the dust from the fender, and take up all cinders and ashes; sift the cinders and reject the ashes.

5. The stove must be brightened with Enameline, as, if hot, the blacklead dries before the stove can be polished. Clean all steel parts with emery-paper, brickdust, or ashes.

6. Wash the hearth, and use hearthstone if it is to be whitened.

7. Polish the fender, and replace.

8. Scrub the table, and, if the kitchen has been much used, wash the floor, first removing dust-sheet from dresser, and dusting the articles on the chimney-piece and the furniture.

9. Replace chairs, etc.

Once a week, at least, the flues should be thoroughly cleaned (see Chap. IX.), the china removed from the dresser, the shelves wiped first with a damp then a dry cloth, the tins, brasses, coppers thoroughly cleaned and polished, the walls swept, the paint washed, and the windows cleaned.

Kitchen Floors, Tiled Or Flagged

1. Sweep with a hair broom till free from dust.

2. Wash a portion with hot water and soda, using a floor-flannel.

3. Scrub this piece with a bass scrubbing-brush and scouringsoap.

4. Rinse and wipe the soap off.

5. Wipe as dry as possible with a dry flannel. Continue piece by piece until the whole floor is clean, always commencing at the part farthest away from the door.

6. Floors may be kept in a state of high polish by rubbing them at this stage with a cloth dipped in milk.

On flagged floors many people make a border round the wainscoting with hearthstone.

To Remove Grease From Stone Steps Or Kitchen Floors

Make a paste of fuller's earth and water, cover the grease-spots, allow it to remain for twenty-four hours, and wash off. Repeat this treatment if necessary.

Weekly Turning Out Of A Sitting-Room

1. Collect apparatus, dust all small ornaments, and place them on a tray on a table, or remove from the room.

2. In the open air shake antimacassars and table-covers, and fold them.

3. Strong cushions may be beaten gently with a cane carpet-beater; roll up all rugs, and shake or brush them out-of-doors.

4. Beat and brush upholstered furniture; after dusting, remove it, if possible, from the room. Large pieces should be covered with clean dust-sheets; close windows.

5. Shake the curtains, pin them up, or place in curtain bags. Old pillow or bolster cases may be utilized for this purpose.

6. Lower the blind, well dust both sides of it (if a Venetian, each lath should be dusted separately), roll up as high as possible, and cover with paper or a dust-sheet.

7. If there has been a fire in the grate, lay down hearth-cloth and remove cinders, ashes, and soot; remove fender and fire-irons.

8. Sweep ceiling, walls, and cornice with a long-haired broom covered with a duster.

9. Sprinkle one strip of the carpet with clean-washed and well-drained tea-leaves.

10. Brush the carpet strip by strip with a whisk the way of the pile (towards the fireplace, if there is no pile or joining to be considered), collect dust in a dustpan and burn. If there is a wooden surround it should be swept with a hair broom.

11. While the dust.is settling, the smaller pieces of furniture, which were removed from the room, may be polished, the fender and fire-irons cleaned, and the globes washed. Open window, and keep door shut.

12. Blacklead and polish the grate.

13. Remove carefully the dust-sheets, shake in the open air, and put them away in the housemaid's cupboard.

14. Dust and polish the larger pieces of furniture; dust the wainscotting, rub the surround with a damp rubber and a dry duster, and then polish it.

15. Clean windows, replace and drape curtains.

16. Bring back and replace knick-knacks.